Description: Coyotes right wing Shane Doan (illness) didn't make the trip to Colorado for Tuesday's game, but is questionable for Thursday's home game against the NY Islanders.
Insight: Doan is dealing with flu-like symptoms. He has 12 goals, 11 points and 80 SOG in 27 games this season, so fantasy owners hope he's taking his medicine and chicken soup and quickly gets back on the ice.
Description: Boston winger Daniel Paille is out for Thursday's game against Edmonton due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Paille was sent back to Boston to be checked out further. He isn't much of a fantasy value as he hasn't cracked the 16-point mark over the past two seasons. He's got three goals and two assists in 30 games this season.
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had two assists and three SOG Tuesday to snap a three game scoring drought.
Insight: Keith put together an eight-game points streak from Nov. 19 to Dec. 3 and has one goal, 26 assists, 84 SOG and a +15 in 33 games. He ranks second among defensemen and 27th overall in Yahoo! leagues.
Description: Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky had a huge game Tuesday against the Devils, notching a goal, three assists, six SOG and a +3.
Insight: Dubinsky didn't have much chance to contribute on the scoreboard Monday at Pittsburgh because he spent 20 minutes in the penalty box. The 27-year-old has six goals, 20 points, 62 PIM, 59 SOG and a +5 in 25 games this season and should be owned in all leagues that count penalty minutes.
Description: Kings backup goalie Martin Jones picked up a second straight shutout Tuesday at Montreal.
Insight: In his first three career starts, he's gone 3-0-0 with a 0.65 GAA and a .973 SV%. It seems any goalie the Kings plug in can get the job done for fantasy owners, including Jonathan Bernier last season, starter Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Jones. While Scrivens is 7-2-4 with a 1.56 GAA and a .943 SV% this season, Los Angeles has stuck with the hot hand in Jones the last three games.
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin netted four goals in Tuesday's overtime win against the Lightning.
Insight: Ironically, he missed his only chance in the shootout period. Tuesday marked Ovechkin's third four-goal game and the 13th hat trick of his career. He needs six more hat tricks to tie Peter Bondra's team record. Ovechkin leads the NHL with 26 goals this season.
Description: Flames goalie Reto Berra will start Tuesday against Boston.
Insight: Berra came back strong after missing three games to stop 30 of 31 shots against Edmonton. He's 4-6-2 this season after the win with a 3.28 GAA and .894 SV%. Neither Berra or Karri Ramo (4-5-1) have shown they want to be the workhorse in net.
Description: Philadelphia right wing Jakub Voracek's goal Monday against the Senators was just his fourth of the season.
Insight: Voracek was fantastic last season, putting up a career-high 22 goals despite it being a lockout-shortened 48-game campaign. He's failed to follow up on that and has just 13 points in 30 games, which is not even a 40-point pace.
Description: According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (lower body) indicated he will play Monday.
Insight: Malkin missed the last two games with a lower-body injury but took part in Monday's morning skate. He leads the NHL with 30 assists and has added seven goals, 87 SOG and 30 PIM in 29 games this season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik suffered a concussion in Saturday's loss to Boston and has been placed on injured reserve.
Insight: Orpik was knocked unconcious by right wing Shawn Thornton during a stoppage in play in the first period. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he regained consciousness and was later released.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (lower body) is on the ice for the morning skate and could return for tonight's game against Columbus. He has missed the last two games after being injured in the morning skate prior to Thursday's contest vs. the Sharks.
Insight: Malkin leads the NHL with 30 assists and has added seven goals, 87 SOG and 30 PIM in 29 games this season. Check back for the latest updates.
Description: Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen left Saturday's game with an upper body injury after being cross-checked by Jamie Benn and is questionable for Monday's game against Ottawa.
Insight: Despite playing over 21 minutes per game this season, Timonen has just one goal and five assists in 29 contests. Even if he plays Monday against Ottawa, Timonen won't be worth starting in fantasy.
Description: Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his back..
Insight: He has already missed three games. The 33-year-old has nine goals, 14 points, 19 PIM, 49 SOG and seven PPP in 22 games this season, his first with Philadelphia after spending his entire career in Tampa Bay.
Description: Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma believes defenseman Brooks Orpik suffered a concussion in Saturday's loss to Boston. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: Orpik was knocked unconcious by right wing Shawn Thornton during a stoppage in play in the first period. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he regained consciousness and was later released. Though he did travel with the team back to Pittsburgh, we doubt Orpik plays Monday against Columbus.
Description: We have not heard of a timetable for Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul's return from a groin injury.
Insight: He's dealing with a Grade 2 groin strain and was supposed to miss two weeks. Even before the injury, Lopul had been scoreless in his last seven games. Despite the slump, we expect him to be a productive fantasy player when he's healthy again.
Description: In just his second career start, Kings goalie Martin Jones recorded a shutout Saturday in a victory over the Islanders.
Insight: He finished with 16 saves. Jones is now 2-0 with a 0.97 GAA in two appearances. It will be interesting to see if head coach Darryl Sutter goes with the hot hand and keep Jones in for Tuesday's game in Montreal. His other option is Ben Scrivens.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik took a cheap shot from Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton on Saturday night and had to leave the game on a stretcher. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: Orpik put a big hit on left wing Loui Eriksson in the first period and Thornton retaliated by sending Orpik to the ground during a play stoppage. Thornton would later punch Orpik's head into the ground, knocking him unconscious. Thornton was ejected and is likely to be suspended for his actions.
Description: Blues left wing Alex Steen missed the team's morning skate with an illness but he's feeling better and is officially active for Saturday's game versus Anaheim. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: That's about all you need to know. Steen (20 goals, 12 assists) is having a career-year and needs to be started in all formats. Steen's presence is also good news for owners of T.J. Oshie and David Backes.
Description: Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and three assists Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Nichushkin had a hand in all three of Tyler Seguin's goals in the third period and then added one of his own. The 2013 No. 10 overall pick has put up two goals, seven points and a +6 over his last three games and should continue to produce if he can stick on the top line.
Description: Dallas center Tyler Seguin had a natural hat trick Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Seguin scored his first goal shortly after the second period began and then had two goals and one assist in a stretch of 1:02 later in the period. He finished the game with four points, two PIM, five SOG and a +4 and snapped a five-game scoring drought.
Description: Nashville defenseman Shea Weber (eye) will play Saturday against the Capitals, according to Willy Daunic of 1025thegame.com.
Insight: Weber will wear a visor after being hit in the eye with a puck on Nov. 28 and missing three games. He has seven goals this season but he's added just five assists, 55 SOG and a -7 in 26 games.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis (undisclosed) was on the ice for Saturday's morning skate, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: That would seem to indicate he'll be available Saturday night at Boston. Coach Dan Bylsma said Dupuis will have a major input on whether he plays because he has had a similar injury in the past. We doubt the veteran will choose to sit out after being able to skate in the morning.
Description: St. Louis left wing Alex Steen (illness) will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Ducks, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Steen finally seems to be slowing down after his scorching start to the season. He has three goals and three assists over his last nine games after putting up 17 goals and nine assists over his first 18 games.
Description: Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier will miss Saturday's game due to a back spasms, according to Tim Panaccio of csnphilly.com. Lecavalier was going to try to practice Friday in Dallas, but it was canceled after an ice storm caused a power loss at the facility.
Insight: It will be his third straight absence. The 33-year-old has nine goals, 14 points, 19 PIM, 49 SOG and seven PPP in 22 games this season, his first with Philadelphia after spending his entire career in Tampa Bay. He must be nearing a return if he was going to attempt to practice Friday.
Description: Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison has two goals and nine points over his last seven games.
Insight: Garrison is doing most of his damage on the power-play lately, scoring six of those nine points with the man advantage. The 29-year-old blueliner has four goals, 14 assists, 18 PIM and 90 SOG in 31 games this season.
Description: Kris Versteeg has scored two goals with five assists and 22 SOG in 12 games since Florida traded him to Chicago.
Insight: Versteeg, who is in his second stint with the Blackhawks, had the same exact goal and assist total in 18 games with the Panthers, but he was a -9 compared to a +2 with Chicago. He's not a good fantasy option in most leagues.
Description: Ducks winger Corey Perry scored a goal for the fourth straight game Friday at Chicago.
Insight: Perry had an inconsistent October but he has scored at least one point in 13 of 17 games since the start of November and has a six-game scoring streak. With 17 goals, 32 points, 28 PIM, 115 SOG and a +11 in 31 games, Perry is one of the top players in fantasy hockey.
Description: Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney picked up his third career shutout Friday against Minnesota.
Insight: The journeyman netminder was pushed into starting duty following Sergei Bobrovsky's groin injury. He's 2-3-1 with a 2.02 GAA and a .932 SV% this season but isn't likely to maintain his production.